Lee Eshelman

Lee Eshelman

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Director of Master of Arts Program in Clinical Psychology

Lee Eshelman
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Reno Hall
Room: 214
Phone: 313-578-0410
Lee Eshelman
Introduction to Psychology
Cultural Diversity
Trauma and Resilience


  • Ph.D., Miami University
  • M.A., Miami University
  • B.A., Michigan State University


Lee R. Eshelman is a licensed clinical psychologist , assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and director of the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program at University of Detroit Mercy. Prior to joining the faculty in 2019, she earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Miami University. She completed an APA accredited clinical psychology internship at University of Wisconsin – Department of Psychiatry, and a postdoctoral fellowship in Women’s Health with the University of Michigan Medicine/VA Ann Arbor Consortium.

Eshelman is the director of the Trauma, REsilience, and Empowerment (TREE) Lab at University of Detroit Mercy. Broadly, her research program focuses on understanding the impact of trauma on coping, resilience, and psychological outcomes such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use. Her work aims to explore the complex mental health sequelae following traumatic experiences, to inform strengths-based advocacy for trauma survivors, and to refine evidence-based approaches for culturally informed intervention. Her research has largely focused on interpersonal violence and sexual assault, although her research and clinical interests lie in all forms of trauma.

Eshelman's current program of research examines how individual, cultural and societal factors influence outcomes of interpersonal trauma. Her current projects include understanding how Black women’s experiences of interpersonal trauma and racism-related stressors influence mental health outcomes, help-seeking behaviors, disclosure and resilience. Some of her recently completed research projects examine how PTSD influences emotion regulation abilities among survivors of sexual violence and how men’s experiences of sexual abuse influence mental health and perceptions of their own masculinity. Eshelman maintains collaborations with researchers at other institutions in related areas (e.g., trauma among sexual minority women, interpersonal violence and suicidal behaviors, military sexual trauma, etc.).

At University of Detroit Mercy, Eshelman teaches graduate and undergraduate courses. She is committed to providing strengths-based professional development support to all students with diverse interests and career goals.